Empty homes often decline fast – they become overrun with weeds and attacked by the weather. They are often used by squatters, fly tippers, vandals and are sometimes subject to arson. The whole neighbourhood suffers waiting for the owner to deal with their property.
You can report an empty property in the UK via the UK based ‘Empty Properties’ website mentioned below. Councils are then held accountable for responding and dealing with the empty homes that are reported to them.
There are over 840,000 empty homes in the UK and it is estimated that over half of these are unnecessarily empty. You and thousands of others could affect this figure and so increase the available housing stock fuelling the UK’s housing crisis, whilst improving the ambience of a local neighbourhood.